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Belgian diplomacy

Counterterrorism in Belgium: Key challenges and policy options

By Elke Devroe, France Lemeunier, Nils Duquet, Paul Ponsaers, Sophie André, Thomas Renard, Vincent Seron (27-10-2016)

In Egmont papers

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris (November 2015) and Brussels (March 2016), Belgium’s counterterrorism policy has been heavily criticized – domestically and worldwide.  read more…

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

DAY 2: China-Belgium Diplomatic Relations at 45 Years: Belgium As the Gateway for EU-China Relations

Conference DAY 2 - from 09:00 - 13:00

The year of 2016 is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. As the host city of most EU institutions and several read more…

Monday, 3 October 2016

DAY 1: China-Belgium Diplomatic Relations at 45 Years: Belgium As the Gateway for EU-China Relations

Conference - DAY 1 - from 09:00-16:00

The year of 2016 is the 45th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between China and Belgium. As the host city of most EU institutions and several read more…

Is terrorism contagious?

By Thomas Renard (09-08-2016)

In Commentaries

The multiplication of terrorist attacks in Europe over the past few months raises questions with regard to the diffusion of terrorism. This commentary argues that the Islamic State aims indeed for the contagion of terror. There is also evidence from read more…

Understanding the current wave of terrorism

By Thomas Renard (04-08-2016)

In Commentaries

A number of terrorist attacks have struck Europe over the past months, triggering the impression of a ‘wave of terror’ among citizens. This commentary replaces the recent upscale of violence in the context of the ‘wave of religious terrorism’, read more…

Belgium and its foreign and external policies (2010-15)

By Sven Biscop, Thomas Renard (03-06-2016)

In Studia Diplomatica

This special issue of Egmont’s academic journal, Studia Diplomatica, focusses on Belgium’s foreign policy. Prominent scholars review different aspects of the foreign and external policies of Belgium, over the past five years. This issue includes articles on the quest for a foreign policy, on multilateral politics, on aid development, on global health policy, on trade politics, as well as on the Parliament’s role in times of war. read more…

Belgium. A discreet and pragmatic europhile approach

By Sophie Heine (18-04-2016)

In Other publications

This article has been published in The European Union  in the fog. Building Bridges Between National Perspectives on the European Union. Edited by Vivien Pertusot.

The Building Bridges project looks at the national read more…

After Paris and Brussels: reassessing ISIS’s strategy in Europe

By Thomas Renard (08-04-2016)

In Commentaries

The attacks in Paris and Brussels demonstrate a strategic shift for ISIS. Instead of focussing narrowly on territorial conquest in Syria/Iraq, the group has centrally and carefully planned a terror campaign in Europe, which is not over yet. Whereas we are discovering new elements to support this argument, read more…

Diplomacy in the Digital Age

By Brian Hocking, Jan Melissen (16-07-2015)

In Other publications

This groundbreaking report is the result of a partnership between the Clingendaele Institute, Egmont and the MFA of Finland and Belgium. read more…

Rather no government of technocrats

By Sven Biscop (17-04-2015)

In Commentaries

The « De Morgen » Newspaper chose Sven Biscop as defence minister in a hypothetical government of technocrats for Belgium. But Belgian and EU policy needs to become more political, not more technocratic, he argues. read more…